White Sugar: Is it Really a Sweet Poison?
Have you heard about white sugar as a “sweet Poison”? If you think that’s just a mere heresy, then I think you need to know what it does to your body when it is consumed. Read through the whole article and find out if white sugar: is it really a “sweet poison”?
What is white sugar?
White sugar is a crystallized sucrose obtained from sugar cane or sugar beets. After harvesting sugar canes, juices are extracted by crushing it really, really hard. Next, fibers are separated from its juice. Then, here comes the boiling process for crystallization. Those are just a few of the various processes of white sugar production. You see how fibers and essential nutrients of sugar cane or sugar beets are denatured, devalued and cheapen? Yes, those are exactly the right terms to use.
Although sugarcane has nutrients in its natural form, excessive exposure to heat and other stages of processing strips off those natural substances helpful to your body. What’s left after processing? The sweet, deceitful and toxic substance that is ready to harm your innocent body.
Here is a list of foods that you may need to reduce the intake or totally eliminate in your diet because of white sugar content.
List of Foods that has White sugar
1. Soft Drinks
A can of soft drinks contain 75 grams of sugar
A medium slice of chocolate cake with frosting contains 26 grams of sugar
A cookie contains 17grams of sugar
A slice of bread has 2 grams of sugar
A piece of candy (nougat) has 11.7 grams of sugar
100 grams of raisin bran has 38.75 grams of sugar
7. Sauces & Gravies
2 tablespoon of barbecue sauce has 14 grams of sugar
8. Tomato Sauce
In a ½ cup of tomato sauce there are 12 grams of sugar in it.
47.9 grams of Milk chocolate M&M’s packet has 38.75 grams of sugar
10. Ice Cream
A scoop of ice cream has 15 grams of sugar
A cup of yogurt has 19 grams of sugar
A tablespoon of ketchup has 5 grams of sugar
13. Canned Fruit
In a 1 ½ cup of canned fruit there are 15 grams of sugar
How does white sugar ruins your state of health
1. Increase Blood Sugar Levels or Cause Diabetes
White sugar when consumed causes blood sugar to increase. It urges the pancreas to release more insulin to metabolize the glucose (the substance of white sugar after it is broken down). Therefore, frequent ingestion of white sugar in your diet may lead to insulin resistance and eventually diabetes.
2. Stress the Liver
White sugar produces hormones needed to metabolize the glucose in that white sugar you consumed. Your liver converts that sugar substance you ingest into long-chain fats that bring impurity to your blood. Alongside, your liver is disrupted of its function – to filter toxins from the bloodstream. Thereby, causing stress to your liver.
3. Damage Immune System
Once this white sugar enters into your body, your defense against bacteria is at stake. White sugar weakens the ability of white blood cells to kills germs and harmful bacteria.
A study was conducted by Loma Linda University on 1973 shows that when you eat 100 grams of sugar, about as much sugar as you find in a 1-liter bottle of soda, your white blood cells are 40 percent less effective at killing germs. This can cripple your immune system for up to 5 hours after eating sugar!
4. Makes Stomach Acidic
White sugar is extremely acidic and the habitual use of it floods the blood and tissues with acid waste matter that leads to blood impurity and eventually, different ailments too. Moreover, an acid forming diet will deprive the cells of oxygen and other nutrients.
5. Encourage Harmful Bacteria in the Colon
The injury of consuming white sugar does not end there. It even affects your colon. How? This white sugar encourages the growth of harmful bacteria in your colon. In addition, if you consume foods with high sugar content your gut flora may become too acidic that it may even kill good bacteria. Therefore, it gives harmful bacteria a total control of your gastrointestinal tract. So, diseases will have their course.
6. Favorite Food of Cancer Cells
Did you know that cancer cells love sugar? Yes, it does! Sugar essentially feeds tumors and encourages cancer growth. Furthermore, cancer cells uptake sugar at 10-12 times the rate of healthy cells.
If you have read through the article, you should already know if white sugar is really a “sweet poison”. In order to maintain good health, self-discipline and temperance in all things are needed. Do not let your appetite control you or overpower reasons.
In this case, white sugar is definitely not good to your body. So, why then you let your body suffer such conditions that could have been avoided?
Eliminate white sugar in your diet and look for a healthier substitute. You can make use of stevia (an all-natural herb from South America), barley malt, rice syrup, and palm sugar. Or you may opt for molasses, honey and pure maple syrup as a substitute for white sugar. In this way, you are giving your body a great and rewarding favor that would last a lifetime. After all, prevention is better than cure.